"My Life" - I used purple flowers from the Vintage Violets fabric collection for this quilt that depicts my life. Yellow Brick Road represents the road I have travelled thus far. The purple colors represent the passion for life. The flowers represent the notion of taking time to smell flowers. I did loopy free-motion quilting and that represents the ups-and-downs of my life, mostly of my last few years in which I have had to deal with colon cancer and a recurrence in my lung. This is my favorite quilt that I have made because it represents "my life".
"My Heart's at Sea" - I have wanted to make a Storm at Sea quilt for over 15 years and FINALLY took a class. As much as I enjoy nearly every aspect of quilting, this one was (and IS) very special to my heart. I LOVED EVERY MINUTE SPENT ON IT!! "THIS" one is my "Passion Quilt"!!
"My Friend Anna" - My friend Anna died of cancer this year. She was a good friend and a talented quilter. I had taken this picture of her several years ago, so I decided to make a fabric portrait from it. I pixelated the photo.....printed it out on fabric numerous times....cut it all apart and layered it back together by colors and shades. Then I thread painted it all, matching the threads to the shades. Some parts of the portrait are four layers deep.
"My First Quilt" - Years ago I swore I would never get involved with quilting...just seemed like too much work with all the piecing and all. Well, this was a class I started with my sister-in-law and I truly fell in love with quilting. Even did a little embellishing as well.
"Morning Glory at Midnight" - This is a totally original design that I drew on freezer paper and hand appliqued to the green fabric and then to the blue background fabric. The purple, green, and binding fabrics are hand-dyed fabric by Ricky Tims. It was my first attempt at machine trapunto feathers. The lessons I learned from this quilt are numerous, mostly that I have a lot to learn on how to do certain techniques properly. I had trouble naming this quilt so I posted it on Facebook and my FB friends came up with the name. What an adventure!
"MoonGlow" - "MoonGlow" was a quilt kit I admired the moment Jinny Beyer put it on the market. We bought the kit at a local quilt store when it went on sale and it set in my sewing room for awhile. I guess I was afraid of the piecing, but eventually got started. Now it is a treasure that I have dedicated to my husband for all of his love and support.
"Mineral Art" - The pattern is from the Better Homes and Gardens - Quilt Lovers Favorites - Volume 4. I adapted a "change" in the pattern by copying "mineral art" pictures created by my brother for a quilt for him. My brother is a wonderful artist and draws mineral art from stones that he finds in mines. I scanned his drawings, printed them on muslin and "inserted" them in the center of each square. To make this quilt "shine" like a gem stone, I used fairy-frost material within each square to match the center stone. It was truly a "treasure"!
"Lunar Convergence" - Another convergence quilt using batiks. I purchased the spiral dyed fabric about a year ago and had no idea what I was going to use it for but I loved it. This seemed to be the perfect quilt for it. If you haven't tried one of Ricky's convergence quilts yet, they are a lot of fun!!! This is the first quilt that I've also used beads on.
"Love Blooms" - I made this quilt for the Feeling Groovy "Big Love" challenge. It was nothing but fun, fun, fun! I enjoyed the challenge of using decorative stitches and having a deadline. Every step was fun from the making of the flowers to the selection of the binding. I used neon embroidery thread and decorative stitches on the quarter inch bias stems and around the "mod" flowers. I also used a satin stitch with neon thread to embellish my "big love". Thanks Ricky and Alex, I mean Joaquin and Mona!
I love learning new techniques! I watched the "Slice-a-Block" technique by Rob Appell on Man Sewing and was inspired to add some birds using thread painting in the negative space. It was a lot of fun watching it come together.